Article I In General
Article II Neighborhood Watch Commission
[CC 1997 §25.1; Ord. No. 1958-87, 4-1-1987]
The Chief of Police and the Department of Police shall enforce the provisions of this Code and other ordinances and orders of the City and have such other powers and duties as may be provided by ordinance and the Charter.
In addition to other duties, all Policemen of the City shall have powers of arrest, with or without a warrant, power to serve and execute all warrants, subpoenas, writs and all other legal process. They shall preserve the public peace, apprehend and arrest all persons charged with criminal offenses or law, or violation of ordinances of the City or St. Louis County. They shall also execute any and all orders of the Municipal Court of the City and all courts.
[CC 1997 §25.2; Ord. No. 1958-87, 4-1-1987; Ord. No. 2008-87, 11-4-1987]
The authority contained herein relative to emergency situations in other jurisdictions shall be exercised only after the City of Hazelwood enters into a contract with such other jurisdiction which has also granted to its Police Officers such authority as contained herein:
Any full-time Police Officer of the City who is certified pursuant to Chapter 590, RSMo., shall have the authority to respond to an emergency situation outside the boundaries of the City where such officer shall have full Police powers of arrest and authority as granted to him by the City.
An "emergency situation" means any situation in which the Police Officer has a reasonable belief that a crime is about to be committed, is being committed, or has been committed involving injury or threat of injury to any person, property, or governmental interest and his response is reasonably necessary to prevent or end such emergency situation or mitigate the likelihood of injury involved in such emergency situation. The determination of the existence of any emergency situation shall be at the discretion of the Police Officer making the response or at the discretion of a Police Officer or governmental officer of the political subdivision in which the emergency situation is alleged to be occurring.
A "response" means to take any and all action which the Police Officer may lawfully take when exercising his powers within the City.
Any Police Officer who responds to an emergency situation, pursuant to the provisions of this Section, shall not be liable for civil damages for acts or omissions other than damages caused by the negligence or by willful or wanton acts or omissions by the Police Officer in responding to the emergency situation.
[CC 1997 §25.3; Ord. No. 1958-87, 4-1-1987]
The officers of the Police Department of the City are authorized to participate in and cooperate with any Law Enforcement Officers of other jurisdictions in any Major Case Squad operation or formation. The officers designated to act in the Major Case Squad operation will be designated by the Chief of Police and when acting outside the City as a member of the Major Case Squad operation shall be considered to be on active duty the same as when acting within the boundaries of the City. This power shall only be exercised during the time the Police Officer is an active member of an active Major Case Squad operation and only within the scope of investigation in which the Major Case Squad is working.
For the purpose of this Section, the "Major Case Squad" shall mean any formation, operation, organization or cooperative action between the City of Hazelwood and any County Governing Body or municipal government, the purpose of which is intensive professional investigation of certain individual crimes that may occur in their general geographical area and which is operated and activated on request of a County Sheriff, County Police Chief, or the Police Chief of a political subdivision wherein a crime has occurred. The Hazelwood Police Chief shall have the authority to request the operation of the Major Case Squad in the City.
[CC 1997 §25.4; Ord. No. 1958-87, 4-1-1987]
The Chief of Police and the Department of Police shall operate or arrange use of jail facilities as required by the City.
[CC 1997 §25.5; Ord. No. 1958-87, 4-1-1987]
The City is hereby authorized to obtain, take and receive all money and property used in connection with certain criminal activities which are authorized by any State or Federal law to be forfeited to or for the benefit of the City.
The City Council is hereby empowered to authorize the initiation of or participation in any legal proceedings by the City necessary or appropriate to effectuate the City's rights with respect to any forfeiture of any such property.
The City Manager is hereby authorized and empowered to receive any funds or property forfeited to or for the benefit of the City and to take, manage and dispose of such money or property as provided by law.
The City Manager is hereby authorized and empowered to sell, on behalf of the City, any forfeited property which may be received by the City at public auction, advertised at least one (1) time in a newspaper of general circulation in the City, at least one (1) week prior to the time of the public auction. The City Manager shall obtain from each person purchasing an item at such public auction, a receipt for each item purchased, containing a description of such item or items, the amount paid for each item, and the name and address of the purchaser.
The City Manager shall place all funds received by the City as forfeited property, or from the sale of forfeited property, in appropriate accounts of the City.
All forfeited funds, or funds from the sale of forfeited property, received by the City, shall be paid into the General Revenue Fund of the City unless the applicable law relating to such forfeited funds or property requires the use thereof for a specified purpose. Any forfeited funds, property or proceeds thereof required by law to be used for a specified purpose, are herein called special purpose property or funds. The City shall use special purpose property or funds only for the purposes specified in the law authorizing the City to receive such forfeited funds or property.
The City Manager may approve the use or expenditure of any special purpose property or funds for the purpose specified by law in an amount or value not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00). Authorization of the use or expenditure of special purpose property or funds in an amount or value of more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) shall be made by the City Council by ordinance. The City Manager and all other appropriate officers of the City are authorized and empowered to sign any applications, documents or other papers and to do any and all things necessary or appropriate to obtain any forfeited funds or property on behalf of the City.
[CC 1997 §25.6; Ord. No. 1958-87, 4-1-1987; Ord. No. 2871-97, 6-18-1997]
Establishment. A Neighborhood Watch Commission is hereby established in the City of Hazelwood, Missouri. The Commission shall consist of nine (9) members to be appointed by the Mayor and City Council, and each member shall serve a term of three (3) years, and until their successors are appointed and qualified. In addition to the nine (9) members, the Police Chief, or his designee, shall serve as Commission liaison. However, the Police Chief shall not vote or hold office on the Commission.
Members of the Commission shall be registered voters of the City and shall hold no other office or position in City Government, except on short term, interim study committees.
The City Council shall make every effort to appoint persons with a demonstrated interest in crime prevention.
Of the members first (1st) appointed to the Commission, the Council shall designate three (3) members to serve for a period ending June 30, 1998;
Three (3) members to serve for a period ending June 30, 1999, and
Three (3) members shall serve for a period ending June 30, 2000.
Thereafter, all appointments shall be for a period of three (3) years.
In the event of the death or resignation of a member, the successor shall be appointed by the Council to serve for the remainder of the unexpired term for which the member had been appointed.
Chairman And Co-Chairman. The Neighborhood Watch Commission shall elect a Chairman and a Co-Chairman from the appointed membership of nine (9). Said Chairman and Co-Chairman shall each serve a term of one (1) year and be eligible for reelection. No member of the Commission shall serve as Chairman or Co-Chairman for more than two (2) consecutive years.
Secretary. The Secretary of the Neighborhood Watch Commission shall be appointed by the Police Chief with the approval of the City Manager, and shall:
Be responsible for publication, distribution and posting of agendas prior to each meeting;
Take minutes of each Neighborhood Watch Commission meeting, recording votes taken. After approval, these minutes shall be filed in the City Clerks office and shall be public record;
Be responsible for publication and distribution of copies of the approved minutes, reports and decisions of the Commission; and
Advise the Mayor and City Council of vacancies and expiring terms on the Commission.
Compensation—Expense Reimbursement. Commission members shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for expenses they incur while on Commission business, provided receipts are furnished and such expenses have been authorized by the City Council.